You Wouldn’t Like Me When I’m Angry

Did you know that it’s National Anger Awareness Week? Oh, I’m very aware of my sewing anger – very! Here are some of the sewing details that light the touch paper of my fury.


Being soooooo close to finishing a make, but life getting in the way. (Did you see Handmade Jane’s Studio 54 gold top? That woman with a killer hair flick was born to boogie with Grace Jones.)


The bobbin of thread that runs out just as you’re centimetres away from the last stitch. Garghhhhhh! Can you see me turning green and hulk-like?


Reaching for a fresh needle, only to discover that… *headexplodes*


Going to dig outย a well-loved pattern, and detectingย that your storage system is letting you down – again!


Realizing you have enough zips to weave a nest for the Giant Zip Bird of Outer Zipparia, but you don’t have just the right zip for your current make, which means you are going to have to drag your behind to the shops again or wait for an Internet order delivery, which means your current make shall languish, and you’ll get distracted by chocolate and the sofa, and before you know it… What was I sewing again?

Other random anger-inducing details:

  • Sodding winter light
  • Sewing projects that shrink in the wash
  • Sewing projects that bleed in the wash
  • Irons that spit
  • Overlockers with the temperament of an opera diva
  • Anyone who asks you to sewย something for them

But, let’s end on a happy note! Here’s some happy sewing from above-mentioned Handmade Jane who, years ago, made an Ella-themed felt bauble for my Christmas tree. There are good Sewists, bad Sewists, grumpy Sewists and saintly Sewists. Which one are you?


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43 Responses to You Wouldn’t Like Me When I’m Angry

  1. Ashley Gomez says:

    *Hug* from one angry crafter to another, lol!

  2. Fiona says:

    I sew agree with you on all those points ! I thought it was just me, but I’m happy to know I’m not alone!

  3. I’m a ‘don’t speak to me until I’m finished, don’t even come into the room. In fact it’s probably best if you’re not even in the house!’ kind of sewer!!!

  4. PsychicKathleen says:

    When I feel myself getting too tired and these teensie things start REALLY irritating me I stop immediately and wander off to do something undemanding like TV or internet ๐Ÿ˜‰ I would say ordinarily I’m very patient and the words of Sandra Betzina often ring in my head from a blog I was listening to “the biggest mistake sewers make is being in too much of a hurry, take your time you don’t REALLY need the clothes – enjoy the process that’s why you do it in the first place” and for some reason hearing that when I did really helps me in those frustration building moments to take a breath, walk away, sit down and ponder ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Nan says:

    I’m a slow and methodical sewist, experiencing sewing as a Zen meditation, until I can’t find my favorite little blue seam ripper in the mess that is my sewing table! Then my mind becomes an angry reflection of the chaos!
    Breath in, breath out…start again.

  6. Lol! Good list! And those mistakes you make when you’re a wee bit too tired to sew…I’ve learned to recognise the warning signs, though – so I stop sewing before the mistake occurs these days.

  7. Jane says:

    Ooh thanks for the mentions and glad to see the Ella bauble making an appearance! The zip scenario rings especially true for me – I could open a zip shop but the right one never seems to be there. Grrr. But tell me, what’s that vision of gold gorgeousness in the first picture? What? What? What? Is it a fabulous gold skirt? You need to put me out of my misery! x

  8. Mertxe says:

    Machine sewing a slevee head into its armscye, with just the correct ruffled top, turn it over so proud, to discover you’ve taken part of some other fabric as well and you have to undo it! grrr!
    Or, worse, even sad, cutting a seam allowance, and the good fabric of a finished piece as well!

  9. Ann says:

    Winter light. I can carry on as long as I don’t need to unpick, but any unpicking after about 4 p.m. means that’s it for the day. And I have a supposed ‘day light’ light bulb.

    • Liz says:

      I have a daylight therapy lamp. It’s so bright I can sit 3m away and still see the stitches. The only problem is, if you leave it on for too long because it’s so nice an bright for your evening sowing, you’ll end up staring at the ceiling when you go to bed ๐Ÿ˜€

  10. Allison Graden says:

    Hahahahaha!!! Every single one of those!!! Although, I will add, since I’ve done TONS of sewing for other people, working on something white or light colored and JAMMING the pin into my finger and bleeding on the project!!! I’ve done some very creative “cover-ups”, believe me!!

  11. Karen says:

    Ha ha! Loved this. Still smiling as I write this comment. Cheers, literally! Karen

  12. redsilvia says:

    Sewing will never make me as angry as driving. Something about driving…

  13. Kathy Lynch says:

    Hahaha! Ditto to all of those Karen but I shall add to your last one: Anyone who asks you to sew something for them AND ACTS LIKE THEY’RE DOING YOU A FAVOUR BECAUSE “YOU LIKE TO SEW”!!! Smile sweetly. SMILE SWEETLY!!!!!!

  14. Emma says:

    I get grumpy if I don’t get my weekly “fix”.

  15. Jo says:

    Ha Ha! Just waiting for an 18″ navy zip to finish a dress. Come on Postman hurry up! Jo x

  16. Tanya says:

    Yep!!! Ticked every point that you made!! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Proper anger-inducing, turning the air blue with expletive moments!! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  17. Oh I hear you, especially about the zips. Glad to know it’s not just me that does that.

  18. Kathy says:

    Is there a pattern for the Ella ornament? Love it!

  19. LinB says:

    I think we would all agree that the very very very worst of these is the running out of bobbin thread just an inch or two from finishing a project. At least I will agree with that.

    Almost equally annoying is that whenever I sit down at my machine to finally sew something (all the prep work sees beautiful isolation so I can concentrate) is when the husband/cat/child/neighbor wanders in to chat/”help”/ have an emergency that must be attended to immediately.

  20. Joanne says:

    Very funny! These happen to me all the time and you have expressed them perfectly ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. My sewing anger is all related to having to tear myself away from projects because there are little things like “sleep”, “a paying job”, “housework”, “no clean underwear” and “husband whining that he never sees me” that get in the way.

  22. Liz says:

    Haha, what a good laugh!
    I’m with you on nearly all of those. Dull seam rippers also get my forehead veins bulging.
    Or the general “I don’t have any fabric” issue while standing in front of the not so small stash I have collected over the years…

  23. Liz Bentley says:

    All of the above, I also get REALLY annoyed when my practice buttonhole looks perfect but the ones on my garment never look as good.

  24. Teresa says:

    Entering the craft / sewing / music / homework room to settle down to some sewing to find the entire table covered in glitter, PVA glue, little cut up bits of paper……………

  25. Sue says:

    Oh yes! My zip collection is in a similar condition and does it have one single 14 inch zip in it? Nooooo!
    So. Step away from the machine, make that cup of tea and breathe.

  26. Louise says:

    So true (sigh) especially the zip, why do I keep them. I always try to keep on top with black and white thread buying the big guttermann threads, looking forward to seeing the skirt, did contemplate buy some of that fabric.

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  28. claraundco says:

    accidentally sewing or cutting into another layer is the worst… also I agree on the bobbin thread shortness, always only happens to me at especially complicated moments. Sewing anger is a good measurement for me, then I know it’s time for a break ๐Ÿ˜‰

  29. Donna says:

    Needle breaks during your last seam! I was very proud of myself this wk when I sewed two strips of bias binding together with the angle back to front. No Anger, I said, “Oh you xxxx and laughed at myself”. a good place to be. Age is teaching me to recognise the sewing anger and take a break. Actually, I remember you writing about this very topic a few yrs back.

  30. blaupause7 says:

    thread that slips out of the needle — thread that bursts — needle breaking the moment it hits a lonely, forgotten pin … aoh, so so annoying

  31. esewing says:

    I know I shouldn’t laugh incase it makes you more angry ….I guess if it was easy we wouldn’t feel such pride, no one needs to know how much swearing goes into each lovingly handmade garment

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